This chapter discusses issues that humanities has in the public sphere. It considers some of the salient forms that the defense of the humanities has taken. It elaborates on an ethical task that is indissociable from forms of critical judgment and what might aptly be called the struggle against oblivion. It attempts to link critical practice to an ethical consideration of the forms of cultural aliveness and destruction for which we are compelled to struggle because they are linked with public questions of what is of value, and what should be.
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